Collingham's skill is to keep these sometimes heavy narratives engaging, often by poking fun at settlers' ideas of sophistication.

Globe and Mail

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Dec 14 2017

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Are Mr. Trump and his party up to the task? This strongly written, thoroughly researched and readable book may help to answer that question.

Washington Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 08 2017

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There are other examples of such petty nicotine power play in Craig Brown’s roistering quasi-biography of the chain-smoking princess.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 07 2017

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Yet Mr Heffer’s faults are minor compared with his virtues: He writes with such exuberance—indeed with such Edwardian swagger—that he leaves the reader looking forward to his next volume...

The Economist

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 07 2017

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Coates came to history relatively recently, and now has the zeal of the convert – in the best sense of that phrase.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 18 2017

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Jones is above all concerned with the military exploits of the order, and he gives us plenty of blood and guts shed under its piebald flag.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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This more capacious conception of Canada should convince us that 100 million Canadians does not mean that all those extra Canadians will live in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and the cities and towns we know today.

Globe and Mail

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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What Solomon achieves with this debut — the sharpness, the depth, the precision — puts me in mind of a syringe full of stars. I want to say about this book, its only imperfection is that it ended.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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Manhattan Beach ticks every box when it comes to traditional blockbuster reader enjoyment. Although this entertaining Hollywood tone risks delivering us caricatures, each player in this drama – from gangster, to sailor, to daughter, to husband, to lover – has a genuine depth...

Globe and Mail

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 13 2017

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At times “Admissions” is brutally honest. At others it is heartfelt and touched with wry humor. It truly is one doctor’s admissions of his mistakes (sometimes death isn’t the worst that can happen) as well as his successes.

Dear Author

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 30 2017

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As that history becomes increasingly remote, a biography of a key architect becomes ever more valuable. There are few other examples.

The Economist

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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“Her Body and Other Parties” is on the shortlist for this year’s National Book Award and the Kirkus Prize, but it also feels determined to live well beyond annual prize-giving cycles, to become that classic misfit survivor that readers and writers keep returning to.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 03 2017

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They are not sanitized. There's a sense of monstrousness living behind the thickets of the words. Hers are fairy tales with all the darkness intact. Which, maybe, is precisely what we need right now.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 01 2017

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Despite the chemical jargon and technical data, Brown remains a gothic novelist who is best when sending his characters to grope through mazy architectural spaces, his personal versions of Northanger Abbey or Hogwarts Academy.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 08 2017

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As Muhammad Ali’s life was an epic of a life so “Ali: A Life” is an epic of a biography. Much in its pages will be familiar to those with some knowledge of boxing but even the familiar may be glimpsed from a new perspective in Eig’s fluent prose...

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 28 2017

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This book has a more modest ambition. But it’s quirky and witty, her illustrations are as weird and poignant as always, and most of all it’s just fun to see what grabs her attention.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 07 2017

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Sing, Unburied, Sing is most effective as a poetic critique of US history. The landscapes it describes with forensic ferocity are toxic.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Nov 24 2017

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“The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve” is an ambitious attempt at an important cultural history. It is cursory, and, to the degree that its treatment of these influential texts and movements is uninformed, it is not a help in understanding them.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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In between bouts of keen rapier work and gruelling exorcism, there’s usually time for tea and cake. Stroud at the top of his game.

Financial Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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I’d love it if the relationship between Linda and Arnie gets more time and that we see more Elders. But this story got a little bogged down in administration details and the minutia of non-profit woes.

Dear Author

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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As the story moves forward in time, Hollinghurst achieves the kind of symphonic effect we normally associate with much longer books...People we first met as students in the 1940s return in new guises...The effect is moving...

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on May 04 2018

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And all this makes it hard to put down this book, even though it’s difficult reading at times, and it affirms those advance reviews. It is indeed a powerful book by an author of extraordinary skill.

Washington Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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Telegraphs, pigeons, plots and plumbing – who would have thought all these could come together. And with the intriguing glimpses we get of Lucy’s brother Nick, I’ll be eager to see how his changed life affects him in the next book.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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She is a contrivance, existing only to serve the message of American War. War may inevitably dehumanise the people caught up in it, but a novel, however well intentioned, ought not to follow its example.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Oct 04 2017

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Those who enter this dark forest are fated to wander through a thicket of esoteric reflections on Jewish mysticism, Israel and creation. Krauss can sometimes sound like a modern-day Ralph Waldo Emerson, as long as you don’t push too hard on her orphic pronouncements...

Star Tribune

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 02 2017

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Retelling becomes reliving, a fleeting wisp of Shakespeare’s elusive breath. All the rest, in the usual way of thriller fiction, is puppetry and plot.

NY Times

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Oct 25 2017

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